Five to Thrive Summer School

Would you like to upgrade your summer holiday?


Would you like to:

  • Have fun?
  • Challenge yourself?
  • Develop your confidence?
  • Try new things?
  • Be active?
  • Expand your knowledge?
  • Build friendships?
  • Be successful?
  • Find your way around the Academy?
  • Have a FREE lunch?

If so, we have a fantastic, free, fun-filled opportunity for you that will help your transition this September. Penrice are proud to launch their Summer Academy, ‘Five to Thrive’ this coming summer and we are inviting you to join in with this exciting week.  You will be involved in FIVE days of action packed fun to get you excited and ready for secondary school, giving yourself the best start for the next FIVE years. This really will be an opportunity for you to THRIVE.

Jump on to the carousel of enrichment activities, including;

Creative Art and Design
Escape Room and Robotic Design
African Music
Call Of The Wild
On the Farm and Animal Husbandry
Greece is the Word
Skills Squad

What’s on Offer

Escape Room and Robotic Design

Computers and Robots are all around us and they are capable of extraordinary things, but how do they work? Are there wizards and magicians inside providing instructions or are these devices thinking for themselves?
The simple answer is no! Join us this summer at Penrice and explore the world of computational thinking and robots. The challenge is set; you are a scientist in the year 3021 onboard Her Majesty’s Spaceship Explorer. The ship has broken down and you are drifting in space. Complete a series of challenges to enable you to restart the engines and get back underway!
We will also explore the world of robot land vehicles and airborne drones. How do these devices receive instructions? Find out this Summer as you learn how to control these seemingly autonomous devices.

A Sea of Stories

Let your imagination take flight as we read an enchanting fable about the magic of storytelling and the unbreakable bonds of family.

We will enjoy the magical tale of Haroun and join him on his quest to recapture the stories belonging to his father – the greatest of all storytellers. His magical stories bring laughter to the sad city of Alifbay. But one day something goes wrong and his father runs out of stories to tell. Haroun is determined to return the storyteller’s gift to his father. So he flies off on the back of the Hoopie bird to the Sea of Stories – and a fantastic adventure begins.

You will explore this captivating book and its wonderful characters before penning your own fantastical descriptions and imaginative narratives.

A Journey Into Africa

Have you ever been to Africa? Well today’s your lucky day as we take a skydive right into the heart of the world’s second largest continent. No matter whether you’ve been here before or whether you haven’t, you’re bound to have heard of the Sahara desert, the pyramids of Egypt and Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ve probably also seen lions, cheetahs and elephants and the rich array of wildlife that Africa has to offer. However, did you know that the majority of the music we listen to today can trace its roots to Africa? Most genres including Pop, Rock, Jazz and Rap are all descended from the traditional African musical tradition… So, don your parachute and experience the flight of your life as we take a safari into the musical heritage of Africa.
When we land from our skydive, our journey will begin on the coast of West African where we will experience a traditional Liberian folk tune and learn to perform this in different parts. After this we will venture across into the Sahara desert and discover the traditional African drumming music of Mali. We will explore the important role this music has in age-old African ceremony and will have the opportunity to perform on a range of African instruments, including djembes, shekeres and kalimbas. We will finish our expedition by trekking down into the Congo Basin and experience the natural sounds of the sub-Saharan rainforest.

Deep Sea Divers

Join us as we head deep into the ocean to explore the sea that surrounds us and tell stories of survival, memory, and swashbuckling pirates! We will turn seascapes into soundscapes, release the ocean to flood the stage, climb aboard with Captain Black Beard, and swim into the belly of the ocean.
Stories are all around us, from your favourite childhood page-turners to tales of trysts that never were, and those fables passed from years gone by. So, grab your snorkel, clear your throat, and prepare to tell the tales of our Cornish coast.

On The Farm

At Penrice Academy we are very lucky to have our own farm with a range of different animals. These include goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, degus, a bearded dragon and a miniature Shetland pony! Our Summer Academy gives you the opportunity to experience agriculture in action whilst assisting with the day to day care of our animals and maintenance of the farm. Activities will include animal husbandry, feeding, handling, pasture management and routine procedures such as hoof trimming and grooming. The farm is a great environment for learning teamwork skills, gaining confidence and learning about responsible animal ownership. The animals look forward to meeting you!

Greece Is The Word

During the week we will explore all that is Greek! Not only will we look at the history of some of the most renowned Greek Mathematicians but also Greek Mythology. Using our knowledge, we will design our own ‘genius inventions’ and create our own Greek artefacts as if we are Greek Legends ourselves!

Skills Squad

We want you to have the opportunity to learn new sports, improve and develop new skills and ultimately be successful in PE. Your introductory sessions of physical activity will give you the opportunity to meet new friends from different schools, sample what PE and sport will be like at Penrice, but most importantly have some fun! We will work hard to improve your fitness, but also teach you the core skills that will enable you to have more confidence in your performance skills. You might even try a new sport that you become really good at and want to participate in as part of our wider enrichment PE offer! We will be scouting for sporting talent!

Dates and Times

Monday 23rd August – Friday 27th August
Arrival at Penrice at 8:45am. Sessions start at 9am and depart at 2:15pm.

The Important Information

  • We would like you to come for the week or you may book particular days.
  • You will take part in 3 sessions per day.
  • All you need to do is ask your Parent/Carer to follow the link and complete the form to secure your place.
  • You will need to bring a drink’s bottle, wear casual and comfortable clothes and we will take care of the rest!

Sign Up

During the week of activities you will be able to familiarise yourself with the school and enjoy a range of new experiences designed to unlock your creativity.  In addition, you will meet new friends and feel really prepared for your start at Penrice on 2nd September. As well as participating in new activities, you will also be provided with lunch each day – so what are you waiting for?